The cherry blossoms blanket the city in a pink aura, while the birds are chirping and bicyclists ride to work at their downtown offices. It’s spring in Washington, D.C., and the warm weather brings with it a crowd of hungry people flocking to Farragut Square to grab lunch at one of the many international food vendors.
Food Truck Fridays, sometimes coined Farragut Fridays, attract office workers, students and curious tourists to the heart of the city’s workplaces. Surrounded by food trucks, the park is filled with young couples picnicking on the grass, students lounging on the base of the statue of David Farragut, and office employees sitting on a bench with a heavy burrito in their lap.
“Food Truck Fridays are really unique, especially in a city like D.C., which is known for being very political and business-like,” said freelance photographer Ana Santos, while sitting in the grass with friends from other offices. “So that fun cultural aspect of it gives it a little bit more flare.”
With more than a dozen trucks lined up along 17th Street, finding the perfect meal can be an adventure. Grab a slice of pizza from the District’s only mobile pizza kitchen, DC Slices. Fojol Bros serves authentic Indian cuisine. A favorite: the “dingo bites” of chicken curry, each only $2. To satisfy a sweet tooth, grab a red velvet cupcake from the Curbside Cupcakes truck – if you can stand to wait in line.
For those who prefer a more predictable meal: Chick-fil-A will curb hunger when it brings its famous chicken sandwiches to the square in its own food truck on April 9.
The trucks represent the unique culture of the city – a melting pot of international food, tourist and locals. And as summer approaches and ambitious interns begin to flood the city, the square will become one of the more popular lunchtime retreats.